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TIGER EYE, BURNING BRIGHT

MARJORIE M. LIU GOES FROM
LAW SCHOOL TO THE BOOKSTORE

Every law school in the country has its share of aspiring writers putting their dreams on hold to get a good job. For a while, Marjorie Liu was one of them.

But then she put law school on hold to pursue her dream. "During my third year of law school," Liu explains, "it really hit me that it was now or never—once I started work as a lawyer, I would never have time to write. So right after graduation I took some time off."

One year of solid writing yielded her debut novel, Tiger Eye (Mar., Love Spell), a bold fantasy about a psychic American woman and the cursed, 2,000-year-old shape-shifter she unwittingly summons when she purchases an antique box at a Chinese market.

The Chinese setting is unusual for an American romance and inspired by Liu's visits to the country. "Chinese culture is extremely diverse, much more than is ever taught in school or shown in the media," she says. "I like the idea of exploring that in my writing."

She also intends to explore what brought her to the paranormal genre in the first place: "The promise that there is something more to life than the ordinary and the mundane. That somewhere, somehow, strange and fantastic events are taking place that might just slip into your life and shake things up."—Colleen Cusick


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